05 February 2008

SWIFT Format: Field 44A (Place of taking in charge...)

Field 44A (Place of taking in charge / dispatch from.. / Place of receipt) is an optional field. This is a field where a place or a point of handing over the goods to the carrier should be indicated. The place or point is depending on the trade terms used e.g. Ex-Work, FCA, FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF, CPT, CIP, DAF, DES, DEQ, DDU or DDP.

Field 44A is appropriate for multimodal transport where the place or point of handing over is any place on land.

Field 44E (Port of loading / Airport of Departure) on the other hand is most appropriate to be used where mode of transport is determined by vessel or aircraft.

Field 44F (Port of discharge / Airport of destination) is also an optional field where a place of actual physical delivery of the goods should be made in the country of the buyer. The same case applies to field 44B (Place of final destination / For transportation to… / Place of delivery).

The appropriate trade terms and fields to be used will be discussed in the coming post.

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